Once upon a time in Jonesborough …
The National Storytelling Festival – Oct. 3-5 in Jonesborough – is a weekend of yarn spinning. Started by a local journalism professor 36 years ago, it involves storytellers performing under tents. Featured talent at this year's event includes Elizabeth Ellis, who says that growing up, many of her friends were imaginary. She will probably talk about those friends. If you register ahead of time, you'll be able to tell your own story at the festival's “Swappin' Ground.” Individual events and family packages run $10-$515. Details: 800-952-8392; www.storytellingcenter.com.
King Tut returns to America
Tickets for the King Tut exhibit opening Oct. 3 at the Dallas Museum of Art are on sale.
“Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” is making an encore visit to the United States after a two-year tour that drew nearly 4 million visitors ended in September 2007. The exhibit, currently in London, will be in Dallas through May 17, 2009, then travel to two yet-to-be-named cities.
There will be more than 130 artifacts from the tomb of Egypt's King Tut, including some artifacts that are new to the exhibit and have not been seen before outside of Egypt. In Dallas, a photography exhibit of prints from Harry Burton, the photographer who accompanied the King Tut expedition in 1922, will be on display as well.
Tickets are $27.50-$32.50. Details: 877-888-8587; www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallasmuseumofart.org/ tut.
Sauerkraut sundaes, pizza
Even if you don't like this hot dog topping, you'll be entertained at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival – Oct. 11-12 in Waynesville – thanks to a live music lineup that includes bluegrass, folk and locals performing historical songs. There will also be plenty of dishes with 'kraut, including sauerkraut pizza, which locals claim is surprisingly delicious, and “German sundaes,” which are a pile of potato, cheese, sour cream and sauerkraut. If those plates sound appealing, you can leave with a recipe book. Details: 513-897-8855; www.sauerkraut festival.com.
Leaf-peepers and Jeepers
The colorful, leaf-strewn logging roads of Michigan's Manistee National Forest and Pere Marquette State Forest are the setting for “Two-Day Manistee Adventure Color Tours,” 243-mile off-road Jeep safaris slated for Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 and Nov. 1-2. Challenges include mud and hills, while the rewards are panoramic vistas and wildlife viewing, with turkeys, deer and cougars in the area.
Based on two people per Jeep, the excursion is priced at $275 per person, $175 for 10 and younger. Fees include Jeep rental, one night's lodging, dinner, continental breakfast and leadership; lunches are BYO. The tours leave from Mears, Mich., just south of Ludington. Details: www.sandykorners .com.